Begin with Prayer

Cindy shares her story about the B.L.E.S.S. principle and how she began praying for her neighbors.

We have been talking about B.L.E.S.S. in our Missional Community. We were talking about the B: begin with prayer.

It also came up that I had a new neighbor and my MC challenged me to go next door and meet my neighbor to put the B.L.E.S.S. I had been talking about into action.

So the following Saturday my husband and I were working outside in our front yard spreading mulch and pulling weeds. We were outside all day and I saw my neighbor walking to her mailbox, to her car, walking all around her front yard. I must have seen her about 12 times that day. I waved and smiled but I did not go over. I could feel God nudging me to go over, but I was hot and dirty and mostly procrastinating. And so I let the day and the opportunity go by.

That night I was trying to come up with all the excuses why I did not meet the neighbors.

The next day we went to church and heard Daniel’s story. Daniel was shocked to find out that many of his friends at school were Christians and not one person had ever talked to him about Jesus. And I had a major realization: I am just like Daniel’s high school friends.

I know Jesus. I know that Jesus is our salvation, yet I tell no one.

I could feel God poking me and prodding me and I could almost hear Him say, “that’s you, you’re just like Daniel’s friends”. Then, like a wave, was conviction, followed by a heartfelt repentance, followed by the peace and a new desire to share Jesus with those around me.

We went home that Sunday and I knew that I had to go over and meet my neighbors. So, all day I watched for my neighbors. And finally I saw them and immediately went over and introduced myself. We chatted for a short time, and now I know their names and a little bit about them. I made a first step.

I know that my next step is to Listen. I plan on inviting her over for coffee and just listening to her story.

B.L.E.S.S. is a process, one step at a time. Begin with prayer, Listen is next and the Eat, Serve and Share will follow in their due time. I pray that I find a way to share Jesus often and that I am not ever again that friend who never shares Jesus.

– Cindy

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